Trail Run Picos de Europa: The Anillo

Cangas di Onis, Asturias, Spain

Organiser's Description

Join us on an epic trail running journey as we make a circumnavigation of the Picos de Europa in northern Spain. Few people have visited this spectacular National Park, which dominates a 20km range in Spain’s northern reaches.

We set out to run the 'Anillo' (The Ring) which covers an immense circular trail throughout the National Park. This trail run has everything and more - rocky crests, gorges, lush valleys, vast glacial lakes, and leafy forests. Over 5 days we’ll experience the very best of what the Picos de Europa has to offer, staying in high mountain refuges and covering rewarding daily distances, all the while surrounded by blissful lofty peaks.

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  • Deposit for one person Final balance of £445 due 12 weeks before departure
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2 nights accommodation at the Hotel Lagos Nature in Cangas de Onis

2 nights accommodation at Vega de Ario and Vegabaño mountain refuges

Semi-supported trail running trip

Breakfast and dinner throughout the trip

All transfers

1 : 4 guide to runner ratio

3 days of trail running on empty trails

Price is based on twin/double share. Single supplement available.

Hotel Lagos Nature, Cangas de Onís, Spain

We have selected this journey to begin on a Wednesday and to finish on a Sunday to make the most of convenient direct flights to Santander from London Stansted, Edinburgh and Manchester.

We transfer you to the pretty mountain town of Cangas de Onis, which should take 1.5 hours.

Demanding

We cater for a full range of running abilities on all of our trips, however there is an assumption that participants on this trip have a solid base level of fitness and have the ability to run up to distances of 20km+. This is a demanding trail which involves three-days of back to back running and suits individuals with experience of mountain running/walking.

Our daily distances on this journey sit between 20-25km, with steep, long climbs and descents involved on all of our running days. You can expect on average to make 1400m climb/-1000m descent per day.

Underfoot conditions vary, from hard-packed trails to mountain passes. Whilst we have picked the very best time of year to visit the Picos de Europa, being in the mountains dictates that you should be prepared for all weather conditions.

Trail running the ‘Anillo’ (The Ring) as we make a circumnavigation of the Picos de Europa

Run amongst stunning landscapes which offers immense views from the heart of the National Park

Explore the ancient stronghold of the Cantabrian tribe who fought against the Romans

See a rich variety of local fauna, including chamois and griffon vultures

Stay in high mountain refuges which gives the journey more of an expeditionary experience

FLIGHTS

We specialise in arranging excellent trail running holidays, but do not book International flights. We have designed this journey to begin on Wednesday (22 July) and finish on Sunday (26 July) to work around the direct London Stansted - Santander (SDR) flight, which works to the best timings. It is also possible to fly to Santander from Manchester and Edinburgh airports.

We will discuss with you about our trusted and recommended ways to book international flights through excellent ATOL protected partners who offer great value, ease of service and flight protection.

VISAS

British citizens do not need a visa to visit Spain.

GROUP MANAGEMENT

Being a group of max 12 runners with a mixture of ages and running abilities, we may decide to split into flexible groups, all of which will be supported by our running guides who will travel with us on the trip.

Splitting the group will allow us all to move more fluidly, allowing all team members to run at their own comfortable pace, without feeling pressured.

TRAIL RUNNING

Trail running on this circumnavigation of the Picos de Europa involves three long days of trail running amongst remarkable mountain scenery. One of the joys of the Picos de Europa is that few travellers outside of Spain generally visit, which means we benefit from relatively empty trails.

Our route is challenging and involves distances of approx 14 miles daily, inclusive of steep up hill (up to 1400m) and steep down hill sections (as much as -1000m). We can expect to be on our feet anywhere between 4 - 6+ hours.

The terrain is ideal for trail running and we can expect a mixture of lush green grasses, beech and virgin forests, to the rougher limestone rocks that characterise the central and western Massifs of the National Park.

TEMPERATURES

In July we expect long, Summer days with blue skies and lots of sun. Being above 1000m should mean that daily temperatures are perfect for trail running, but it must be stressed that, given our journey routes around the Picos de Europa, we need to be prepared for all weather with the possibility of rain and foggy conditions. At night/early morning, temperatures outside will dip, but these soon vanish as the sun comes up.

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